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A Course Of Action For Flawless Skin

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Admit it. Anytime you hear the words Korean and beauty product in the same sentence, you start to drool a little bit. What is it about the Korean beauty routine that makes us all feel like we westerners just somewhat inferior? Are we just lacking that bit of Asian discipline that drives the Korean women beauty perfectionism? Is it the concept of superior Eastern wisdom which makes us believe the Korean women hold the secrets to great beauty? Or is it simply that the Korean women just look so darn good? Whatever it is that makes us westerners go so crazy for any information beauty related Korean women have to offer, get ready for some more of it. Here are some secrets to flawless skin from the women who wrote the book on it.

Steam Your Face In the Shower
Korean facial massage parlors are as commonplace in South Korea as Starbucks Cafes are in America. Use circular motions with your fingers and also light tapping in rotating patterns starting on the forehead, then continuing to the cheekbones and cheeks, eventually ending at the jawline. Use an oil cleanser for an added benefit.

Use A Charcoal Sheet Mask
The charcoal sheet mask is all the rage in Korea. Simply apply it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes and let it work its detoxifying and exfoliating powers.

Exfoliate with A Warm Damp Wash Cloth
Soak a washcloth in hot water, and massage your face using circular strokes. It’s a known Korean youth booster.

Layer a Facial Essence between Two Moisturizers
If you’re not Korean, you may not even use two moisturizers, much less a facial essence between them. Essences are mild solutions with nutrients to hydrate your skin after cleansing. Follow with a serum, and then add a moisturizer for elasticity and hydration.

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Blurring
Apparently, it’s not all perfect when it comes to Korean skin. The Korean blurring trick involves using one or more coverage products with a makeup brush to camouflage unwanted perfections. An air cushion foundation is the signature Korean cosmetic for blurring like a pro because it allows you to go from very sheer to very opaque coverage without looking heavy.

Use an Ampoule
Koreans describe the ampoule as a “serum on steroids.” It has the highest amount of active ingredients needed to do their work in the shortest amount of time. Apply a few drops before the essence to treat dullness, acne, and hyper pigmentation.

Use an Overnight Sleeping Mask
You know that your skin is working its hardest at cell recovery while you sleep, which makes it the best time to moisturize. Just apply an intensive sleeping mask before bed, and wake up to skin rejuvenation.

Mouth Stretches
Perhaps you can multitask in the car, by saying A-E-I-O-U in an exaggerated way three times on your way to work. It may improve circulation and brighten skin tone.

What tricks of the trade are you borrowing from the Koreans for flawless skin? Let us know what you think of the sage Korean beauty advice, and how much of it you’re willing to incorporate into your daily routine.

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Beauty Trends For Fall 2017

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What? Could it be? It felt like you were taking your last sip of pumpkin latte just yesterday! Is autumn really upon us again? While there is a bit of summer left, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend the last few vacation days planning your new fall look. After all, you’ve got to start early to stock up on the latest trends before any of your friends pick up on them. Here is a quick look at what you can anticipate this autumn in terms of hair, nails, and makeup from the 2017 runway.

Crops
After Kendall Jenner debuted her blunt lob, at the Perla, crops have been all the rage. You may have seen models Irina Kravchenko and Cat McNeil sporting their new cuts at Alexander Wang in New York. With a lot more cool short hairstyles hitting runway after runway, you may want to think of going in this direction this season.

Color Blocked Eye Lids
If you’ve got some bright primary or pastel eye shades lurking in your makeup case, this is the time to use them. Makeup artists were striping and blocking lids with bold colors with wild abandon this year. According to makeup artist Pat McGrath, “Now, more than ever, makeup is about enjoying color and making statements.” Although some of the looks were a little offbeat for the office, there were some options that could be used in the every day, such as the two toned liners at Marco di Vincenzo, or the unpredictable shadow pairing at Oscar de la Renta.

Clean Hair
You could say that shampoo was a big commodity on this year’s fall runways. Says hairstylist Guido, “Designers want that model’s hair to look clean. It’s become a recognizable texture, just like beachy waves or a bouncy blowout.” Stock up the next time you’re at Target!

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Smeared Lipstick
While showing up for a date in this look may not be the best idea, snogged lips have been showing up on the runway. That means, forget the lip liner and long-lasting wear mattes. Makeup artists are smearing the lipstick all around models mouths this year. According to makeup artist Val Garland, “There’s a sexiness to it because it looks like you’ ve been kissing someone. You may have seen Garland’s work on display at Giambattista Valli, where she took three separated brushes to create a cherry red diffused runway look.

Extreme Manis
Looks like you’re all in this year if you like to go all out with your nails. This year showed Swarovski crystals at Philip Plein, oil slicks at Manish Arora, and a very sadistic pierced nail with threaded chain look at Emilio Pucci.

Extreme Dyes
While your getting your extreme mani done, you may be inspired to dye your hair to match. This year’s runways were a veritable display of color, with everything from streaks of red across the part at Jour Ne to neon blue streaks at Versace.

Braids and Dark Lips
Designers are doing a little bit of school girl gone naughty this year. Guido says, “Braids never go away as a trend.” This season, you’ll want to go for skinny plaits with lips in plums and dark berries, like seen at Valentino.

How are you stocking up for the coming season? Let us know what we can expect to see you model this fall. We love to know!

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Look Better With Age, Not Older

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“Is this too young for me?” It’s the age (old) question. You’re standing alone in the dressing room. You love what you have on. It fits you perfectly, you love the style, color, and print, you would have grabbed it fifteen years ago. Nobody wants to leave a great piece on the showroom floor, but nobody over 40 wants to look like a twenty-five-year-old who can’t come to grips with reality. So back to the question, ” Is it too young for me?” Well, we can’t really be there in the dressing room with you, but we can give you a few helpful guidelines for determining the answer.

General Guidelines

Shoes
Just because you are a bit more mature doesn’t mean you have to consign yourself to a life of navy mid heel pumps and comfy trainers. As long as you’re not back to your days of combat boots or Mary Janes there are plenty of fun, colorful and sophisticated shoe options. Try something with a little pop of color to brighten up an outfit, like a funky espadrille.

Hair
You may not be too old for blond, but you are definitely too old for damage. Make sure to keep hair well conditioned, but stay away from the bob, which may be a little too matronly at this stage. You may also want to ditch the highlights. Neutral blond and monotone are probably a little more suitable.

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Sunglasses
Sunglasses always rock, but stay away from the new wave styles. It’s all about glamor and less about edge. Go for a sophisticated look, and stay away from anything too masculine and boxy.

No Foundation
Nothing gives age away quicker that an overly textured complexion. Keep the makeup, but be sure to go light on the foundation.

Black
While there is a certain truth to the adage about black being draining on older skin, there are exceptions. While matte black can cause the skin to look rather dull, a lush black can be quite complimentary, so long as you accessorize properly. Think red lipstick and lots of bling.

Youngish Styles You Can Still Rock

Denim
You’re never too old for denim, but keep it classy and classic. Ripped and worn pairs will wear quickly, and you’ll probably want to avoid the ‘whisker lines’ across the thighs meant to contour. Stick to dark wash for your skinny jeans and aim for a mid or high rise, rather than low.

Clogs
Clogs are ageless. Wear these with jeans, skirts and even pantsuits.

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Short Puffed Sleeves
Short puffed sleeves may seem too girlish an option, but they can be quite flattering for the older arm and give a stylish flair to the right outfit.

Wearing Bikini Tops Under Clothes
Nothing indecent about this. Bikinis under tops will give off a vibe of freedom and carelessness if paired with classic pieces.

Espadrilles and Flip-Flops
See above, but may want to keep your pedicure appointment.

Are you over 40? What styles are you still rocking? What styles have you passed off to the millennials? Let us know!

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Lifestyle Choices Of Timeless Beauties

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There she is, you think, her skin is flawless, her hair: perfect, her figure: toned, heck, you don’t even see a chip in her nail polish. And then it comes, the inevitable question: What is she doing that I’m not? How does she achieve that effortless cool while you struggle to keep your stockings from running? Well, you asked, we answered. Here are some of the lifestyle choices of timeless beauties that you may want to start making yourself.

Not Using Heat On Your Hair
If you want your hair to bounce with youth, the flat iron and hair dryer are not going to do the trick. Francesa Fusco MD, says she’s, “seeing lots of damage and breakage from women using multiple heat styling tools.” Instead, she advises declaring heat free days two days a week, opting for a wet bum, air drying, or dry shampooing.

Using Hand Lotion
Because the skin on the backs of your hands is so thin, it tends to age faster than the rest of your body. Dr Fusco says using lotion with sunscreen, “will greatly reduce sun damage, which appears as brown spots and wrinkles.”

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Applying SPF Daily
You must have guessed the timeless beauty is slathering on the SPF. According to a 2013 study, people who applied SPF formulas three to four days a week were less likely to show signs of aging skin than those who applied it less often. Rule of thumb according to the American Academy of Dermatology is a shot glass worth of SPF-30 every day.

Avoiding Foods That Stain Teeth
Oh, how we love to eat and drink them, but when it comes to what they do to our teeth, it’s another story. Dentist Emanuel Layliev says dark, hot, sticky condiments like soy or barbecue sauce are the worst when it comes to staining teeth, followed not far behind by coffee, red wine, and soda. He advises swapping dark sauces with mango salsa or fresh herbs, and foregoing dark soda for seltzer.

Painting Your Nails
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, old looking hands can betray your age more easily than your face can. Distract from less than youthful hands by wearing jewelry and nail polish. “Jewel tones are the best bets for anti-aging,” advises manicurist Lynette Renee, who recommends rich reds and purples to clients seeking more youthful looking hands.

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Exercising Regularly
It should be no surprise to hear that timeless beauties take in exercise on a regular basis. “Exercise Improves healthy circulation, which allows the skin to look its best,” Dr. Fusco explains. A firmer body always makes for a more youthful appearance, and a study from McMaster University in Canada showed that exercise may even reverse signs of aging in the skin. Make an effort to clock in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

Reducing Sodium
Salty foods can cause you to retain water, and that can result in puffiness, especially beneath the eyes. Try to pinpoint the hidden sodium sources in your food; common culprits include cereal, condiments, sauces, deli meats, and baked goods.

Limiting Smartphone Use
You may have heard that bending your neck when scrolling through your smartphone can cause neck wrinkles. Hanging photos at eye level in the places you text the most may be a good reminder to keep your head up when you’re on your phone.

Let us know how you achieve timeless beauty. We want to know your secrets.

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Underlying Causes Of Skin Discoloration

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Hyper: as a prefix, it means over, excessive, above or beyond. Pigmentation: The coloration of tissues by pigment. Put them together and you get hyperpigmentation, the excessive discoloration of skin tissues by pigment.

When it comes to what women want in terms of the appearance of their skin, even tone and uniform color usually top the list. So what can you do if factors come into play that prevents you from having the ideal skin tone? When it comes to correcting hyperpigmentation, the first step is knowing how it is caused.

Acne Related

  • Cause – When acne is the cause of discoloration, the symptoms can often show up long after the blemish is gone. Inflammation is an unavoidable part of acne and the more inflamed the blemish is, the greater the risk of scarring. Although inflammation can be a desirable bodily response to help the pimple fade and heal, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can occur. While PIH does not affect the texture of the skin, it can cause discoloration, which can take a while to fade.
  • Solution – The best cure for acne related hyperpigmentation is a topical product that lightens and brightens. Glycolic masks, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, and retinol can all help to reduce dark spots; chemical peels can be effective and, if the spots are red and flat, you may want to consider redness reducing laser treatment.

Sun Related

  • Cause – If your hyperpigmentation is sun related, it is caused by the deposits of melanin on the skin produced by UV rays. The resulting spots occur on the face, hands, and chest and are usually light to dark brown and can make skin look much more mature than it is.
  • Solution – Retinoid, IPL, and fractional laser treatments are the best ways to deal with sun-related discoloration. IPL sends a beam of light through skin that seeks out melanin. As the light is absorbed, it breaks the pigment up, making it less visible. A series of treatments are necessary to make a noticeable difference. In fractional laser resurfacing, lasers send a beam of fractioned energy to initiate a wound healing response to correct hyperpigmentation.

Hormone Related

  • Cause – Birth control, pregnancy, and menopause can all lead to a spike in production of melanin. In fact, many doctors correlate the rise in hyperpigmentation to increased prescription of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. The hormone surge, along with sun exposure causes the skin to darken.
  • Solution – Hydroquinone and retin-A are the most commonly prescribed treatments prescribed by doctors to treat hyperpigmentation, salicylic, glycol, and lactic peels can also be effective, as can IPL and the use of vitamin C based products.

If you are suffering from skin discoloration, let us know how you deal with it. What is the most effective method for fighting hyperpigmentation?

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Give These Summer Skincare Tips A Try

The day of reckoning has come. The days are getting longer and the shorts are getting shorter. It’s time to unveil all those parts of the body that you’ve been referring to as the “nether regions” this past winter, and that means your skin has to be up to the task. How are you going to get your pasty legs “Daisy Duke” ready in time to hit the beach? No problem! Just dust off that razor, toss out the old sunscreen, and get ready to glow crazy.

Exfoliate
Your body is a skin cell shedding machine. You need to get rid of all those dead cells before they end up collecting on your skin, making it look dull and dry. Lotions is not enough. You need to grab a good body scrub and high tail it to the shower, now! Rub the exfoliator over your body in circular movements and rinse. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep skin soft and smooth.

Shave the Right Way
If you haven’t been exactly diligent about your shaving practices last winter, its time to pay the piper. Find a good razor that won’t cause razor burn and invest in a good women’s shaving lotion with moisturizers. If you find yourself without lotion, hair conditioners will do in a pinch.

Use A Summer Scented Lotion
You don’t want to just look like summer, you want to smell like it too. Get the full effect with a light fast absorbing summery gel or spray. Coconut and mango scents absolutely bespeak of summer. Make sure to apply right after drying off from the shower to seal in moisture.

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Safe Summer Glow
It may seem hard to believe that less than 40 years ago, people spent their summers basking in the sun hoping to catch some color. Nowadays, we have to seek our glow from containers. Sunless tanners are a great option for giving your skin a glow this summer. You can also alternate your usual facial moisturizer with a tinted one to build gradual color, giving the effect of an effortlessly maintained tan all summer long.

Feet
Time to switch out those winter boots for your slinky sandals? An at home pedicure may be on the agenda. Use a foot scrub and file to scrub off dry, dead skin a few times a week. Products with ADA acids will add some exfoliating action to your pedi, making your feet sandal ready.

Nail Polish
While you’re working on those feet, you may want to polish those toenails. You can go for something bolder on the toes than the fingernails, and its bound to stay on for a lot longer because we don’t clean our houses with our feet. Just apply a base coat, two coats of color, and a clear top coat for protection. Go barefoot for a few hours to let polish set.

New Sunscreen
The importance of a good sunscreen cannot be overstated in the summer months. Using last year’s unused sunscreen is not going to cut it. Be safe and buy a new bottle and use it. You should apply a shot glass sized amount of sunscreen to your body and a full teaspoon for just the face and neck area. Reapply every 1 to 2 hours. Be sure to look for something with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.

How are you getting your glow on this summer? Let us know your favorite summer glow to-s.

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Caffeine’s Effects On Your Skin

Judging from the lines at Starbucks, people sure like the effects of coffee. It seems that coffee companies cannot find enough ways of incorporating the bean into new drinks. Just when you think you finally figured out the difference between a mocha chino and macchiato, a new drink appears with lines of people ready to dole out their hard-earned cash for the latest blast of caffeine infused sweetness. And while these consumers may be giving themselves an extra pat on the back for the not so recent evidence of coffee’s antioxidant properties, they may be less enamored to hear of how the brew actually affects the skin.

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Tannins
Tannin is a chemical present in coffee and tea. If the knowledge that tannin is used in tanneries to process leather isn’t enough to convince you that it’s not something you want in your coffee, consider its effects on your skin. Tannins prevent the pores of cells from receiving nutrients. Other things that make tannin such a great leather treatment, and a such a lousy skin treatment, are its hydration removal properties, which can make skin brittle over time.

Liver Spots
Liver spots are a common skin problem for older people. The liver functions as a filter to purify your blood, allowing cells to receive essential nutrients and oxygen. Over the long term, coffee can block the liver with toxins, preventing it from doing its job. The impurities in the blood result in high levels of liver congestion and toxicity which can result in the appearance of the dreaded liver spot, according to Chet Day’s Health and Beyond Online.

Dehydration
Not only does the tannin contribute to skin dehydration, the caffeine in the coffee acts like a diuretic in high amounts, furthering the dehydrating effects. Diuretics cause increased urination which dries out your skin and your body. Although a few cups of Joe a day may not dry you out too badly, try to keep your intake to under 4 cups to avoid problems.

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Acne
Ok, so the word is still out on the acne-caffeine connection, but it seems to be the opinion of most experts that, while caffeine may not cause acne, it could exacerbate an already existing condition, according to AbsoluteAcneInfo.com. The toxic effects of coffee on the liver may also contribute to acne because the caffeine can block the liver from purifying blood, which may taint skin cells.

Topical Use Of Caffeine
Why, you may be wondering, if coffee is so bad for the skin, is it a common ingredient in skin care products? Well, it turns out that the antioxidant properties in caffeine make it an effective anti-ager and its ability to constrict small blood vessels and reduce inflammation can help minimize sagging skin and dark circles under the eyes. Caffeine’s anti- inflammatory qualities often aid in reducing the appearance of cellulite and its dehydrating abilities help to draw excess fluids from fat cells.

So the upshot? When it comes to caffeine and your skin, put it on you, not in you. Let us know what you think? Is the caffeine withdrawal worth the potential skin benefits?

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